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Thursday, February 5. 2009
Theater of the Absurd: It's 9 degrees here, after the coldest January since Christ was born. Or since Moses - I forget. Entire nation is in the freezer, and a homeless man reported seeing a Wooly Mammoth at 2 AM this morning outside the Blarney Stone on 9th Avenue. Predictably, that Mammoth story goes unreported. If this were a heat wave, the story would be about AGW. However, Sec of Energy Chu warns of loss of California's vineyards, and RFK Jr. claims hog farms more dangerous than Bin Laden. Even Lefties are beginning to make jokes, but Congress treated Al Gore's lies and distortions with respect. Good grief, he's talking about Venus.
Related: Save the children from GW propaganda. Please.
The only reason to highlight the Pelosi story is to wonder how the press would have handled the story if Sarah Palin had said it.
Related: Hawkins on Feith's War and Decision
The strange personnel problems at the White House. What they did to Gen. Zinni is unbelievable. It's not a good idea to piss off guys like Zinni.
Now this is really important: Woman achieves record boobs, proving that everybody is good at something.
Krauthammer: Let's return to what time?
$500,000 is chump change for well-connected Dems
The peanut allergy hysteria. Creating enough fear and hysteria to blind people's intelligence seems to be the current popular mode for cranks to drive their agendas: See Obama Catastrophe if bill not passed. Yes, a catastrophe for the Dems, not for the citizens. Related: Is Obama's arrogance beginning to wear on people already?
From Nyquist on Compound Errors:
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is there a way to make every single person in America read the great"Charles Krauthammer" ? It would make it so much simpler if people would just read every now and then some truth! Naturally Maggie's readers aren't the ones who need to be reading it so send the post around.
I watch him every night and lord help anyone who makes a noise when he's speaking. On the nights when he's off, I actually get depressed and have to go eat another dinner.
CK is someone who usually has well thought out points of view. Even when I don't agree with him, I find myself checking the reasons for my conclusions.
In this case, the story of what America has done for the Muslim world, both in terms of American lives and fortune, has been lost in the lunacy of the Left and the Islamic leadership.
It is s story that should be repeated daily and broadcast around the world via the MSM (here's hoping), the blogosphere and the Voice of America.
It's too bad the man-boy President, who is already proving to be one of the dumbest smart people around, can't seem to grasp it. He is truly blinded by his Marxist ideology.
I had to HOWL the other night when Mr Krauthamer said,in his wonderful deadpan...
" I seldom use my Psychiatrist certificate, but Governor Blagovjevich is a Luney tune"...
Hello... Charles..the man lives in Chicago.
I think that homeless man seeing a Wooly Mammoth is from "Night at the Museum." That's what I think.
We're suffering from G&D Syndrome. [Gloom 'n Doom]. All these links are depressing. Even the token tits link is depressing because you know those mamas are going to blow up and render us our first suicide bomber. Can't you post a game or a name-that-thing thing? Name that duck didn't work so good. Put a tractor up.
Since you brought the token tits link up, I remain confused as to why anyone would want to look like that. Mind you, I love the shape of a woman as much as any man. Is it simply for the, in this case, less than 15 minutes of fame?
Don't ask me, Barrett. My tits are so little I could breastfeed cockroaches. And I like them that way. That woman is nuts.
You are hilarious! As far as your mouse problem goes don't let that pachyderm see it . He 'll shit all over your house. I hope the mouse is not in the dash or heater core of your car. They tend to die there, and cause a hell of a stink. If he's made a nest in your engine block put a garden hose to him.
I think a woman with disproportional tits is gross. Look at poor Jessica Simpson, not the same girl with the added weight. "tits are so little I could breastfeed cockroaches" That's a classic, hope you are well una bella. You big elephant stealing, Jessica Simpson wanna be. : )
Dearest Madame Meta,
Please tonight when your feet come shuffling around my kitchen, please cantilever down and place tits under refrigerator. I know we don't see color, but wear red anyway if you don't mind.
There are some six thousand of us under here, but i am the only one weighty enough to depress these keyboard keys, so tonight look for the big one wearing a Marlboro butt derby and on my left feeler perhaps (if there are still a few stuck in the dried vomit near the empty gin bottles under the banquette) a whimsical popcorn boutonnière.
Until tonight, then, my sky scraper chantrouse. Positively twitching & scuttling in ant icipation of the roe mantis tit-a-tit to come, I remain yourn.
PS please, please watch your step. It still bugs me how poor cousin Koo Kara Cha never even saw your sandal that night.
Ah, Gregor Samsa - back from the dead. No thanks. Your house sounds utterly revolting, and I'll not have you clinging and wheedling me to give you a life. You squandered your first one.
But, how do I love thee, Miss Morphosis?
How do I love thee? Let me feelers twitch the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My exoskelton can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being, dropped and yet unswep't nor vacuum'd crumbs of junk food, and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as insects strive for blight.
I love thee purely, as they turn from upraised roll'd newspaper.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my larvaehood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost carried pathogens. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, articulated thorax, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after Raid sprayed.
I applaud your solutions many of which go by the name of the Ostrich Syndrome.
Why thank you, Habu. I'm known for my problem-solving skills.
As an example of my skills, I am thinking that if you tied that ostrich's legs to the upper balustrade and straddled the railing face-first and shoved off for a mighty slide, you would be able to remove that ostrich's head from your ass.
Picking up on the chump change theme, try this on for size.
Is he worth it?
Cash Subtotal: $400,000
Room and Board:
55,000 square foot mansion, in historic Washington, D.C.: @ $100/sqft: $5,500,000/yr
Personal Chef / Kitchen Staff: $300,000 / year
Other Servants / Attendants: $500,000 / year
Discretionary Use Of Private Aircraft:
(One of 2 Boeing 747-200Bs "Air Force One"):
Annual Costs: 700 hours @ $65,000/hr: $45,500,000
Annual Costs: 50 hours @ $5200/hr: $260,000
Aircraft Subtotal: $45,760,000
Personal Driver On Retainer (Defensive Tactical Driving Trained) @ $300/day $109,500
Personal Body Guards 35 @ $500/day $6,387,500
Use Of Personal Car 60 days @ $2000/day $120,000
Personnel Subtotal: $6,617,000
Annual Benefits Total: $59,077,000
Four Years of Same: $236,308,000
Pension And Related Benefits:
Present value of Pension Benefits ($200,000 per year): $2,251,556
Total Benefits: $238,559,556
Average Annual Benefits: $59,639,889
Excellent, Barrett. I was just yesterday thinking of that very thing. What an audacious bastard that guy is. Did you put that together... not that it makes any difference, I just want to say thanks if you did. But if not, thanks anyway for placing it here.
Not this time. A friend of mine, who has a finance and accounting background like mine, did.
Well, as I said, thanks for posting it. It would be nice if it could be more widely circulated. Just to give a little perspective on the issue.
And of course... I'm not forgetting that the position, in this crazy world, is needful of many if not most of the expenses in that list.
Copy and paste away. Put it in an e-mail and send it everyone and anyone you think would want to see it.
Neither I nor my friend who sent it to me have any pride of authorship.
Yes, but you gotta concede one difference. At least his "sharholders" get a chance to vote him out in 4 years. Or even 2 if he drives down the value of the "enterprise" to the point of near collapse.
Good point, but still... who the hell is he to tell anyone how much they can earn. Now... if we the taxpayer are the majority shareholder of a particular company then I suppose he has the authority, or at least the semblance of same, to dictate terms and conditions. Is that the case? As to be honest I haven't followed the news that closely, though I did view Obama's speech when he made that declaration.
Yes and no. Corporate shareholders can vote out boards of directors if they wish (and we may actually see that happen given the financial performance of many companies).
Unfortunately, my view is that the majority of the electorate is unqualified to vote. I am not sure many know they have a "personal" balance sheet much less trying to figure out the financial malpractice that goes on in Washington. Of course, we can debate what can be done about the problem.
The real threats to holding BHO or any elected official accountable are ignorance and apathy.
Understood, but I'd yes-and-no right back. Considerable greater effort is needed to get the right replacement board member known to enough of the shareholders to have an impact. A good number of shares change hands so frequently they are effectively non-voting. Not to mention the lack of good, reliable information available to open and viable debate. Both are very different situations.
And in regard to O, while I don't believe he has the credentials to be making this decision, he is for practical purposes the "banker" in this situation. No good banker is going to loan money to a bankrupt institution without dictating to that business how certain financial matters shall be handled going forward. And yes, there is a ton of irony in the situation as I describe it.
Yes, it's 8 degrees here. It's supposed to get up to 50 Saturday.
Your tortured metaphorical attempt to parry my comment is a beautiful apotheosis of what the mind of trailer trash conjures as opposed to that of what a lady might respond.
Of course no one is under the illusion you're a lady.
You know, H-man, I don't know which is more disconcerting...when you're here or when you're mia. Nice thesaurus work, though...
It can be confusing. I didn't think when I wrote it that she would be so offended given it's pedestrian lineage. She writes good stuff.
I'm trying very hard to stay MIA from all blogs. I would guess I write but about 1% of what I use to, so you're in a pretty safe zone from any Habu fallout or opinions.
Believe me the field is bountiful with contributors who have no idea what they're talking about. It became a waste of time.
This blog is still the best around. It's eclectic nature is so unique it has a certain gravitational pull others don't. I still usually don't comment anymore though. However it's a bit like giving up cigarettes. One every now and then.
BTW, I rarely use a thesaurus. My working vocabulary is magnitudes greater than the average college grad, and my recognition vocab has been tested off the charts. I've worked on words my entire life. But thank you very much for the acknowledgement.
Some things never change. Indeed, some actually shrivel at the thought of it. Longing for a bygone past.
Habu ... don't be so cranky, luv. Meta is a bright light in the looming darkness of rampant socialism about to be imposed on us by Mr. Hopey-Dopey-Changey. The only way you can prove Meta is not a lady is if you're not a gentleman about it. And you wouldn't do that. Would you?
Marianne, ever hopeful that things will get better...
Cranky? Look at my initial comment. No vulgarity, no personal attack, simply an age old idiom pointing out those who wish not to face what is going on at the time.
Now read Meta's reply and ask yourself if that is a comment a lady would utter? No lady I know would.
Now re-read my response and rationalize calling me cranky. I understand defending a friend, but MM, seriously......
Children! Children! (*clap, clap, clap*)
Really. If we play this loudly enough:
Buddy may arrive and learn us some good ole Texas wisdom.
ah done my bestis as Mr Cooka Racha, CC. but here's a limerick of little charm:
FDR said to fear is for naught
BHO says wrong that we ought
Frank wanted Recovery
Barack just an ass covery
while us sheep lead ourselves to the slaught